Saturday, April 11, 2009

History of Chinese Embroidery

Crafts work of thread (Embroidery) is considered as the folk art and has the long tradition and contains an important position in the history of Chinese arts and craft. From the ancient times in china embroidery has been inseparable from silkworm raising and silk reeling and weaving. China was the first country in the world to weave silk. Silkworms were domesticated as early as some 5,000 years ago. The production of silk threads and fabrics gave rise to the art of embroidery. Chinese embroidery really represents beautiful workmanship and executed in fine close stitches which give smooth, neat and glossy look. The embroidery is so fine that the stitches are hardly visible. The clever use of thick and thin color silk threads and a rich variety of stitches guarantees its excellent quality. in Chinese culture Embroidery work is commonly seen at weddings. Especially in a bridal chamber one can see various embroidered articles that took the bride several years to make before marriage. They consider embroidered shoe-pads are tokens of the bride's love and the pillowcase embroidered with auspicious patterns symbolic good luck are a necessary dowry. Hence Chinese had inherited traditional Chinese embroidery techniques. It also shows great richness and artistic distinction in style, design and the use of color.

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